|Caryatid by Stephen Tappin, published in White Dwarf #132
Back in 2016 I ran a small Kickstarter to launch the second set of Colony 87 sci-fi civilians (now in the safe hands of Crooked Dice). I had the excellent John Pickford sculpt me a set of critters as a stretch goal, and a little gun-toting bat-winged cherub (I called him Gargouille) as a limited edition freebie that got included in 50 random packs. I didn't give out any instructions as to the skin colour choice, but when I finally painted mine, I coincidentally selected the same blue as a few other similar creatures!
I painted up two copies of Gargouille, but didn't want to have two identical figures, so slightly modified them both. The pistol wielding version (angry Gargouille) is as sculpted by John, apart from me bending out the wings a little. I did quite a bit more work on the second (grumpy) Gargouille:
I removed the left foot before repositioning the left leg at the hip. I then reattached the left foot with a pin at a new angle to give me a standing pose.
I also removed the original arms and pistol and trimmed down the shoulders before sculpting the new folded arms. They're a little impressionistic rather than anatomically correct, but I think they work fine on a model that's about 15mm tall!
Paint-wise, I replicated Russ Grey skin colour I've used on some previous caryatids - very quick and simple paint jobs with just a base coat, wash and then a couple of highlights.
|I attempted some subtle tattoos on angry Gargouille to mimic the artwork. I wasn't convinced I liked the result, so didn't bother with grumpy Gargouille!
Of course, now I have four caryatids. That's 40% of a gang (flock?). I should probably at least get the official one that Forgeworld have released for Necromunda...
EDIT: thought I'd share my concept sketch that John used to sculpt angry Gargouille from: